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  1. After giving back most of a 26-point lead, Knicks get Game 6 victory to close out Celtics

    May 3, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after hitting a shot against Celtics during the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff basketball series in Boston

    In each of the first three games of the series between the Knicks and the Celtics, all of which were New York victories, Boston managed to put together a horrific half of offensive basketball. The trend that subsided for two games returned for Game 6 back in Boston, and that was more than enough for…

  2. LeBron James to be named 2013 MVP

    May 3, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    David Stern, LeBron James

    What has long been considered to be a foregone conclusion has now been confirmed by multiple outlets. LeBron James has been awarded the league’s Most Valuable Player award for the 2013 season, and will be presented the trophy in a press conference in Miami this Sunday. The Heat open the second round of the playoffs…

  3. PBT Podcast: Breaking down every playoff series

    May 3, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss every one of the ongoing playoff series. We start by looking at all four of Friday night’s Game 6 matchups, before looking ahead to Saturday’s Game 7 between the Nets and the Bulls, and then to the one second round series…

  4. Warriors coach Mark Jackson fined for public comments made in attempt to influence officiating

    May 2, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

    Tony Brothers, Mark Jackson

    Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson has been fined $25,000 for making public comments in an attempt to influence the officiating, the league announced on Thursday. Jackson’s comments came during his press conference following his team’s Game 5 loss to the Nuggets, and the offending remarks can be seen in the video clip above.…

  5. Mark Jackson not happy with George Karl over ‘disrespectful’ comment he made about Festus Ezeli

    May 2, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Five

    The war of words between Mark Jackson and George Karl is heating up in advance of Thursday night’s Game 6 between the Nuggets and the Warriors. The entire series has been a physical one, with players on both sides getting in their fair share of shots. But Jackson took exception to the way Denver defended…

  6. Damian Lillard’s Top 10 Plays of his Rookie of the Year season (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    With the news becoming official on Wednesday that Damian Lillard was the unanimous choice as the league’s Rookie of the Year, it’s only fitting we pay tribute with a look at his top 10 plays of the season. Besides the wide variety of skills showcased in this highlight package — from the shooting, to the…

  7. Thunder’s Derek Fisher and Kevin Martin perfectly execute a double flop (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Fisher defends against Houston Rockets' Harden during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Young players, take note. This is simply a great defensive effort here by Derek Fisher and Kevin Martin to coordinate perfectly-timed simultaneous flops just as “whatever his name is” makes a little contact with each. If the league is finding itself cash-strapped these days, this seems like an easy way to pick up a quick ten…

  8. J.R. Smith says he’s done wearing black after Knicks ‘funeral’ stunt (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The Knicks actually wore all black to the arena for Game 5 against the Knicks on Wednesday, in preparation for the “funeral” they were hoping to see involving the Boston Celtics. Those were Kenyon Martin‘s words in advance of the game, when he told teammates to “Wear black. Funeral Colors.” The stunt obviously backfired, as…

  9. Patrick Beverley called for a technical foul after Reggie Jackson’s aggressive attempt at a steal (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets' Beverley smiles after being called for a foul while playing Oklahoma City Thunder in their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Patrick Beverley has become a household name for NBA fans during these playoffs, thanks to his involvement in the play that led to Russell Westbrook‘s season-ending torn meniscus injury. As the series between the Rockets and the Thunder shifted back to Oklahoma City for the first time since the incident, Beverley was targeted by fans…

  10. Celtics take care of business against unprofessional Knicks, force a Game 6 back in Boston

    May 1, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    The Knicks looked every bit like the second best team in the East that they were all season in getting out to a three games to none series lead against the Celtics, winning those games by 14, 16, and 17 points. Maybe the success came too soon, and too easily. After dropping Game 4 in…

  11. Dwight Howard advised that shoulder surgery won’t be necessary

    May 1, 2013, 8:39 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Lakers finally got some good news on the injury front three days after their season ended, when it was announced on Wednesday that Dwight Howard would not require surgery on his right shoulder. Howard was diagnosed with a torn labrum after originally suffering the injury on Jan. 4, and missed a total of six…

  12. Damian Lillard named Rookie of the Year in unanimous vote

    May 1, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

    adidas x Damian Lillard ROY

    We’ve essentially known this for quite some time, but it became official on Wednesday: Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers was named as the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. Lillard’s selection was a unanimous one, as he received all 121 first place votes. The last unanimous winner of the award was Blake…

  13. J.R. Smith says series with Celtics would be over if he hadn’t been suspended for Game 4

    May 1, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith is surrounded by team mates after making a last second shot to beat Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    The Celtics managed to extend their first round playoff series with the Knicks for at least one more night after gutting out an overtime victory in Game 4 on Sunday. J.R. Smith was suspended for that one due to the elbow he threw at Jason Terry in Game 3, and speaking to reporters after practice…

  14. Stephen Curry verbally confronts fan in Denver after Game 5 loss (VIDEO)

    May 1, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Five

    It was a rough night in Denver for the Warriors’ Stephen Curry. Not only did the Nuggets avoid elimination with a Game 5 victory, they were able to shut down Curry in the process. Denver held Curry to a series low 15 points on 7-of-19 shooting, including just 1-of-7 from three-point distance. This came after…

  15. Chris Bosh says Dwyane Wade’s sore knee isn’t anything to be concerned about

    May 1, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Dwyane Wade was not right physically during the Heat’s first round sweep of the Bucks. He struggled through a 1-of-12 shooting performance while playing 36 minutes in Game 3, but still was effective in other areas, grabbing nine rebounds, dishing out 11 assists, and coming up with five steals. Wade has been limited by a…

  16. Clippers lose Blake Griffin, then lose to Grizzlies in Game 5

    May 1, 2013, 2:52 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Jordan, Griffin, and Billups watch their team lose to Memphis Grizzlies during Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    Blake Griffin would have needed to be at full strength and then some if the Clippers were to have a shot at winning Game 5 and reversing the recent trends that the Grizzlies had established in the previous two games of the series in Memphis. A high ankle sprain suffered by Griffin in practice on…

  17. Mark Jackson accuses Nuggets of dirty plays on Stephen Curry after Warriors’ Game 5 loss

    May 1, 2013, 12:49 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Five

    The Nuggets avoided elimination with their Game 5 win over the Warriors, but the way they went about it didn’t sit well at all with Golden State’s head coach, Mark Jackson. Denver was physical throughout the night, but especially so with Stephen Curry, who has been torching the Nuggets the entire series. He was held…

  18. Steve Nash says he wants Dwight Howard back with the Lakers

    Apr 30, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Lakers' Howard and Nash walk up the floor during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Pacers in Indianapolis

    The biggest question facing the Lakers this summer isn’t the health of Kobe Bryant, and if he’ll be able to make it back in time for the start of next season. Undoubtedly, it’s whether or not Dwight Howard will decide to return to Los Angeles. Bryant is the Lakers’ most important player, obviously. But next…

  19. Chris Paul says Game 5 against Grizzlies is ‘win or go home’

    Apr 30, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    After watching how the first four games of the playoffs have unfolded between the Clippers and the Grizzlies, it’s easy to see why teams put so much stock in having home court advantage. Championship teams will win anywhere, of course, and will find a way to impose their will no matter the venue. But in…

  20. Jeremy Lin out for Game 4 with bruised chest injury

    Apr 29, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Jeremy Lin has been ruled out for the Rockets in Game 4 against the Thunder due to a bruised chest injury, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Lin originally suffered the injury in the first half of Game 2, and was unable to start the second half because of it. He…

  21. Knicks coach Woodson says Amar’e Stoudemire ‘absolutely’ will play in the second round if he’s ready

    Apr 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire dunks during their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    Despite Sunday’s result, the Knicks are well on their way to the second round of the playoffs. They have a 3-1 series lead on a Celtics team that struggles mightily to score in even moderate amounts. New York could advance Wednesday when they return home to Madison Square Garden. While the Knicks have had a…

  22. Dwight Howard says this season was ‘like a nightmare’ after getting ejected in Lakers season-ending loss to Spurs

    Apr 28, 2013, 10:48 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Three

    LOS ANGELES — Dwight Howard didn’t stick around for the end of the Lakers Game 4 loss to the Spurs on Sunday, and maybe it was just because he couldn’t wait another moment for the season to finally be behind him. Howard picked up his second technical foul of the game with 9:51 remaining in…

  23. Spurs bring Lakers season to its merciful conclusion with Game 4 win, sweep of the series

    Apr 28, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Lakers Dwight Howard reacts after being fouled by the Spurs during Game 4 in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — Coming into Sunday’s Game 4 against the Spurs and dealing with a mountain of injuries that has finally become insurmountable, the only thing left for the Lakers, who were just a single game from this season being brought to its merciful conclusion, was to see whether or not the team would come…

  24. James Harden says Kevin Durant’s late three-pointer was ‘a lucky shot’

    Apr 28, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    To say that Kevin Durant was the beneficiary of a fortuitous bounce on this three-pointer that went down with 36.9 seconds remaining in the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets would be an understatement. The ball first hit the back of the rim, then bounced off high into the air, before landing softly on…

  25. Thunder ball boy under investigation for ‘death threats’ sent to Patrick Beverley following injury to Russell Westbrook

    Apr 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    When it was learned that Russell Westbrook would be lost for the rest of the playoffs due to a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee that required surgery, there were sure to be some Thunder fans upset with the way one of their team’s best players was injured. Westbrook collided with Patrick Beverley of…

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